Artists, choreographers and other dance professionals are invited to join a 4-day collective and collaborative exploration of disabling conditions and systemic barriers set by prevailing ableism in contemporary dance.

The EDN Carte Blanche Artist Exchange is mediated and facilitated by disabled artists collective Al.Di.Qua and hosted by Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (Turin), Italy, from 22 to 25 May 2023.

Inspired by Al.Di.Qua's manifesto, the participants are invited to open a space of possibilities and sow new visions, expand the imaginary relating to disability, grow new skills and raise awareness to generate structural changes and promote greater leadership by people with disabilities and a greater equity for all:

“Our body is not the problem, nor our physical, motor, sensory, neurological, cognitive abilities. We can no longer accept that our bodies, our histories, our changing identities are reported and flattened under a single convenient medical-scientific term. We are not talking about disabilities, but about Disabling Experiences imposed by a society built on a model that only benefits the western, male, white, able, healthy, cisgender and straight human being.”



From 22 to 25 May 2023, the program will include:
  • Morning sessions of movement practices based on the methodologies and research developed by the Al.Di.Qua collective.


  • Afternoon sessions will include working in small groups on tasks and suggestions shared during the morning sessions.


  • At the end of each day, all the participants will gather in a final circle to share the impressions and capture reflections and emerging needs. 


On 26 May 2023, the program will close with a public symposium:

We will try to combine the recent experiences and temporarily answer the question “What makes you disabled?” The desire is to formulate new policies for enabling conditions, without claiming to be exhaustive.

All the sessions will take place at dance residency center Lavanderia a Vapore, Corso Pastrengo 51, 10093 Collegno (Torino), Italy.


How to participate with EDN travel support?

EDN will reimburse up to a fixed amount of travel contribution, 5 per diems at 30€ per day, book and cover up to 5 nights of accommodation for up to 10 participants. Priority will be given to EDN members and their associated artists. The participation fee of 150€ will be invoiced to the participant or their dancehouse/organisation.

EDN members are invited to respond to the Travel Bursaries Open Call on behalf of their associated artists and other freelance professionals. Please book your travel upon confirmation from the EDN office.

Registration deadline is 13 April 2023.


How to participate without EDN travel support?

Participants can join the Carte Blanche Artist Exchange without receiving travel support. These participants will need to book and cover travel and accommodation individually.

Registration deadline is 13 April 2023.


For any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Christoph Bovermann at christoph@ednetwork.eu

Lavanderia a Vapore

Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo

Artistic director I Matteo Negrin
Collegno (Torino) I Italy

Member since May 2018